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January 20, 2004

"He can't even write properly."

George W. Bush? Nope.

"...perceptions that he was a consummate liar, that he presided over the use of poison gas by his troops and that his chaotic leadership contributed to a fiasco when hundreds of thousands of his soldiers were taken prisoner in the war's last days."

Saddam Hussein? Nope. Guess again.

Pope to beatify 'buffoon' who was Austria's last emperor

Posted by pam at January 20, 2004 12:51 AM | TrackBack
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It sure seems like the Catholic Church is doing its best to disavow itself from any relationship with the real world, or indeed to make any sense at all. Let's hope the next Pope is an improvement -- it sure couldn't get any wackier than the Papacy is now.

Posted by: david on January 20, 2004 11:24 AM

Oh would that it were so, David! This Pope has been appointing like-minded clerics to high posts for 20 years, so the College of Cardinals that will elect his replacement is much more conservative than the one that elected him, and steeped in the un-reality that JP2 has perpetuated within the Papal Curia. Worse still is the possibility that the Opus Dei will have even greater influence than they have now--one doesn't have to be anti-Catholic to be scared of these guys.

Posted by: jay on January 20, 2004 04:30 PM

After a lot of searching, I found this shiny, highly polished view of Karl I. The Austrians called Karl the "Friedenskaiser" - Emperor of Peace - because of his work to prevent WWI - but his beatification isn't related to that; it's all about the Brazilian nun. The Catholic Church is an enigma to me, but I'm inclined to agree with the analysts who say that the Pope has chosen Karl I to align the church with Austria, an island of conservative Catholiscm in an increasingly secular Europe. Lots of Austrians joke that they "miss the Empire days" but if you look below the surface of that, maybe what they're missing are the days when the Church had a tight hold on their country.

Posted by: pam on January 21, 2004 12:06 AM
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